Upper School

Physical Education & Health

The Physical Education/Athletic program has three different focus areas: interscholastic competition, team sports, and lifetime and leisure activities. Interscholastic athletes are excused from their regularly scheduled physical education classes during their competitive season. Physical Education class time is spent developing the skills and proper techniques for each sport or activity, ensuring safety and experience for each student.

Physical Education and Health Curriculum

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  • Physical Education

    Grades 9-12

    There are four ways to complete physical education requirements each year.  Each trimester a student must choose one of the following options:
    • Physical Education class during the school day
    • After school Physical Education class (3:30-4:30 p.m. two days a week off campus at a local fitness center)
    • Independent athletic exemption (Non-Ellis sport participation)
    • Athletic sports team (Junior Varsity or Varsity)

    Physical Education and athletic instructional time is spent developing skills and proper technique for each activity or sport, ensuring a safe and an enjoyable playing experience for each student. Students participating in the after school option for Physical Education engage in group fitness classes as determined by the Physical Education Department and local fitness center staff. An independent athletic exemption can be used by any student who would like to participate, at an advanced level, in a sport or athletic activity not available at Ellis. Students are graded each trimester by their coach or Physical Education instructor. The athletic program challenges each athlete to develop their sport specific skills and to represent Ellis in interscholastic competitions. When appropriate, both Junior Varsity and Varsity teams are sponsored.

    The Physical Education curriculum includes the following activities. Inclusion of each unit is determined by class size.
    Archery
    Pickleball
    Balance Activities
    Cardio Games
    Floor Hockey
    Flag Football
    Functional Fitness
    Golf
    Nordic Walking
    In-line Skating
    Rock Wall Climbing
    Speedball
    Strength Training
    Table Tennis
    Tennis
    Ultimate Frisbee
    Volleyball
    Yoga

    Ellis participates in the WPIAL Athletic Conference.  The following Interscholastic sports are available to students:
     
    Fall:
    Crew (Not a WPIAL sport)
    Cross Country
    Field Hockey
    Soccer
    Tennis

    Spring:
    Lacrosse
    Softball
    Track and Field
    Winter:
    Basketball
    Swimming

    Diving*
    Golf*
    Rifle*
    Wrestling*
    Gymnastics*
    *These sports are available through the WPIAL Conference but not sponsored by Ellis.

    The Following are examples of activities that the students have used for independent athletic exemptions:

    Martial Arts
    Dance
    Junior Olympic Volleyball
    Ice Skating
    Indoor Track and Field
    Equestrian Competition